Côte dIvoire UN ecology chief calls for international funds to clean up

“Irrespective of who will or who will not be held liable for this incident, it is the people of one of the world’s poorest countries who have already paid dearly for this irresponsible act of hazardous waste dumping, who are now being forced to actually pay the bill for removal and clean up operations,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said. Speaking ahead of next weeks’s meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, of the parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, Mr. Steiner noted that the clean-up costs in Côte d’Ivoire could reach into the millions of dollars. National authorities have put the cost at $30 million. The central theme of the meeting is electronic waste, or e-waste, due to massive growth in the international traffic of obsolete products like computers and mobile phones, but the issue of illegal shipments of hazardous materials to vulnerable countries by unscrupulous operators is also likely to be high on delegates’ minds as a result of the Côte d’Ivoire case in which a ship sailing from Europe dumped waste in the West African country. Mr. Steiner said urgent assistance to meet Côte d’Ivoire’s costs was in the spotlight but emphasized that this was by no means a unique case, warning that similar cases could escalate unless existing international regulations on toxic waste, including those under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), are properly enforced and gaps between various treaties closed. UNEP has determined that the dumping, which killed at least 12 people and led well over 100,000 others to seek medical care, is clearly a crime. The crisis began when a ship unloaded 500 tonnes of petrochemical waste into trucks which then dumped it in at least 15 sites around Abidjan. The waste contained a mixture of petroleum distillates, hydrogen sulphide, mercaptans, phenolic compounds and sodium hydroxide. Under the Basel Convention, which UNEP administers, any nation exporting hazardous waste must obtain prior written permission from the importing country, as well as a permit detailing the contents and destination of the waste. “We must assist Côte d’Ivoire now, but it cannot end there. We must enforce existing laws in both OECD and developing countries alongside building the capacity for customs authorities and local waste management at ports and elsewhere to minimize the chances of such an incident occurring in the future,” Mr. Steiner said referring to the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that groups 30 industrialized nations. “One practical step forward that the international community must consider urgently is the ratification and thus bringing into force of the Liability and Compensation Protocol of the Basel Convention,” he added. At present, as an interim measure, the Convention has an emergency fund. But so far, the fund has just $270,000. read more

US manufacturing expands at fastest pace in 10 months as orders hiring

by News Staff Posted May 1, 2012 11:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US manufacturing expands at fastest pace in 10 months as orders, hiring and production rise WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in nearly a year. New orders, production and a measure of employment all rose.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, says its index of manufacturing activity increased to 54.8 in April. That’s the highest level since June and up from 53.4 the previous month. Readings above 50 indicate expansion.Solid growth in manufacturing suggests the slowdown in hiring and factory output in March may have been a temporary lull. Economists have noted that a mild winter may have accelerated some economic activity at the start of the year, making March’s data weaker.The report exceeded analysts’ expectations, prompting investors to shift money out of bonds and into stocks. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 80 points in morning trading.A measure of employment rose to a 10-month high, an indication that factories are still hiring at a healthy clip. That’s a good sign ahead of Friday’s April jobs report.A measure of new orders jumped to its highest level in a year. That could point to faster production in the coming months. New export orders also rose, which could offset worries that Europe and China could drag on exports.Factories have been a key source of jobs and growth since the recession ended almost three years ago. The sector has expanded for 33 straight months, according to the ISM’s index.Manufacturing has also been a big source of hiring. Factories account for only about 9 per cent of total payrolls but added 13 per cent of the new jobs last year. Manufacturers have added 120,000 jobs in the past three months, about one-fifth of all net gains.Other reports on manufacturing have been negative. Factory output fell in March, the Federal Reserve said last week. Companies made fewer electronic products and cut back on steel and other metals.Even so, the decline came after three months of strong gains and economists said the slight downturn wasn’t enough to suggest a major slowdown.Last month, consumers cut back on their purchases of big-ticket items such as automobiles and appliances. And while the job market is improving, incomes are barely growing. That could weigh on consumer spending in the coming months.Business investment is also slowing. Companies increased their spending on equipment and software at the slowest pace in nearly three years in the January-March quarter, the government said last week.Even so, economists expect most of the challenges will be temporary. Companies may be ordering less heavy equipment because an investment tax credit expired at the beginning of the year. Orders are likely to rebound later this year, economists say. read more

GE may move up to 500 US jobs overseas since Congress failed

GE may move up to 500 US jobs overseas since Congress failed to renew Ex-Im Bank funding HARTFORD, Conn. – General Electric Co. said Tuesday that it may move about 500 jobs overseas because Congress did not renew a government program that allows foreign companies to borrow money to buy U.S. products.Authorization for the U.S. Export-Import Bank was not approved by Congress, forcing it to stop lending July 1. Foreign companies use the agency to buy expensive U.S. products when bank loans are not available.As a result, GE says 100 jobs from a Houston plant that makes gas turbines will move to Hungary and China in 2016. The Fairfield, Connecticut, industrial conglomerate says those countries have lending options in place for customers.“We do not make today’s announcements lightly and in fact, have done everything in our power to avoid making these moves at all, but Congress left us no choice when it failed to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank this summer,” said John Rice, GE’s vice chairman.Another 400 jobs could be created in France instead of factories in South Carolina, Maine and New York if the company wins projects it is bidding on. The projects require financing, and the export-credit agency in France has agreed to provide it.Democrats in Congress, citing GE’s announcement, urged Republican leaders to introduce legislation to get the Ex-Im bank operating.“Already, small, medium and large businesses across the country are feeling the negative impact of this shutdown, laying off employees, and seeing business put on hold,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and others wrote to Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.GE said it’s bidding on projects valued at $11 billion that require export financing. It said it has reached agreement with the French export-credit agency to provide a line of credit for global power projects. GE said the line of credit will initially support potential orders in international markets that include Indonesia.To access the required export credit for its customers of its aeroderivatives turbines, GE will move its final assembly from the U.S. to Hungary and China.Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., a supporter of the Ex-Im Bank, said the refusal by Republicans to back the federal agency is taking a toll.“This is not a political parlour game in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “They’ve run the numbers and there’s nothing out there that even comes close to what they’ve been getting from Ex-Im for decades.”Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, tied GE’s shift to Europe for capital to its dispute with Connecticut officials over increased business taxes. He also cited GE CEO Jeff Immelt’s role as chairman of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.“It’s troubling that the head of President Obama’s Jobs Council is announcing GE is leaving Connecticut because the state’s taxes are too high and is choosing to send jobs overseas because U.S. taxpayer-provided subsidies are too low,” he said.GE has not announced it’s leaving Connecticut. It said in June it’s considering relocating its headquarters to a “more pro-business” state.White House spokesman Josh Earnest blamed the GOP majority in Congress for GE’s decision.“We hear a lot about Republicans complaining about supposedly job-killing regulations,” he said. “The fact is, it seems like, based on what GE has reported today, the Republicans are killing quite a few jobs on their own.”The embattled and little-known Ex-Im Bank has been at the centre of a fight between tea party Republicans who say it’s not needed and Democrats and some Republicans — backed by manufacturers and large businesses — who say it promotes trade and helps create jobs.The Ex-Im Bank’s principal role is to guarantee commercial bank loans to foreign businesses and governments to buy U.S. products. U.S. taxpayers would be responsible for a loan if a company operating overseas defaults on a bank loan used to buy a product made by a U.S. company. by Stephen Singer, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 9:36 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Not the time for blame game urges UN Special Advisor on Cyprus

“Not the time to engage in a blame game. There is more than enough of that going around,” said Mr. Eide, speaking to the media at a press stakeout. “We have to admit that there was a collective failure at stitching together a deal in Crans-Montana,” he added, noting the location of the most recent talks. Recalling UN efforts there, including those by Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Eide said that only once all issues on the table are settled, could it be said that a deal concerning the island has been reached. In his remarks, the Special Adviser also highlighted that the UN would always remain available and at the disposal of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to facilitate the process and noted that the talks are led by the leaders and owned by them. Referring to the Secretary-General’s report concerning Cyprus, Mr. Eide said: “We hope [the leaders] will not jump to conclusions [and that] they reflect seriously on what can be done now, after the Conference on Cyprus failed.” RELATED: UN chief ‘deeply sorry’ as Cyprus talks conclude without agreement“Given a number of developments in and around the island, it is crucial that the reflection is done in the spirit of understanding and compromise, rather than by exacerbating the differences,” he stated Speaking prior to Mr. Eide, Liu Jieyi, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the UN and the Chair of the Security Council for the month of July, announced that the Council members expressed their intention to renew the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus for a further period of six months. “[The members also] urged the sides to sustain their commitment to a settlement [on the island] and maintain the gains achieved and reflect on the best way to re-start the process,” he said. In addition to Ambassador Liu and Mr. Eide, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, also spoke at the stakeout, expressing her appreciation to the Security Council for its support. read more

Volunteers sought for Academics Without Borders project in Ethiopia

Academics Without Borders (AWB) has partnered with Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia to assist in the development and delivery of two courses within the newly established PhD in Law program.The non-governmental Canadian organization, of which Brock University is a member, is seeking two volunteers to assist with aspects of the development and implementation of the program starting Jan. 1.AWB carries out its mission by supporting projects in institutions of higher education in developing countries and by working with talented and committed people there who are initiating and sustaining institutional growth and change. It does this by sending volunteers from Canada and other countries to support these local initiatives.Volunteers interested in applying must have a PhD in English, Applied Linguistics or Education and a minimum of five years of experience teaching or researching as an associate professor or equivalent.If selected, Bahir Dar University and AWB will cover all expenses such as flights, accommodations, local transportation, travel and medical insurance, vaccinations and medications, and other incidentals.For more information, visit Brock International’s website.Applications must be submitted to Corrie Young at cyoung@awb-usf.org by Wednesday, Dec. 6. read more

With added personnel Thad Matta looking for more production from low post

Then-Temple senior forward Anthony Lee (center) looks for an open teammate during a game against Louisville Feb. 14 at the Liacouras Center. Temple lost, 82-58.Courtesy of MCTFor a time early in Thad Matta’s career as the Ohio State men’s basketball coach, his teams were built around the center position.Terence Dials, Greg Oden, Kosta Koufos, B.J. Mullens and Jared Sullinger were all standout post presences that helped carry the Buckeyes under Matta.But over the last two seasons — since Sullinger left for the NBA after two seasons in Columbus — the Buckeyes have had a bit of a crisis in the post.With junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — who averaged a combined 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season — trading time down low, the Buckeyes have been forced to rely on their guards and forwards to provide the bulk of the offense.Before a game against Illinois Jan. 23, Matta said having Williams playing at his best is something the team desperately needed.“We need Amir to play well,” Matta said. “We need Amir to play consistently on both ends. We gotta get him back to tracking the ball, we gotta get him back to blocking shots more actively around the rim in terms of challenging shots … When he’s played well, we’ve played well. I know that.”But ever since the end of the 2013-14 season came at the hands of Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament March 20, Matta has been on a warpath to help improve his team’s much maligned post players.So far, it has paid off.Two players, Temple’s Anthony Lee and Virginia Tech’s Trevor Thompson, have announced their transfers to OSU since the season ended.It was announced Lee would join the program March 29, a day after forward LaQuinton Ross, the team’s leading scorer, announced his decision to forgo his senior season and make the jump to the NBA.In an interview with Cleveland.com, Lee said he joined the program because of Matta’s presence as coach.“He was talking about how much I could have added,” Lee told Cleveland.com March 30. “That if I were on the team, maybe we’d still be playing (this year).”Lee, who averaged 13.6 points per game last season for Temple, is 6 feet 9 inches tall and is more likely suited for the role as a power forward, but said in the interview he’s open to helping the team in any way possible.“I’m a stretch-four, someone who can help out inside or shoot a three,” Lee told Cleveland.com. “It is about expanding my game and helping the team in more than one area. That is really important to me.”Matta has shown his willingness before to switch to a “small-ball” lineup, playing Ross — and, before he left for the NBA, Deshaun Thomas — in the post instead of a true center like Williams or McDonald when they struggled.Although by NCAA rules a player is usually required to sit out a season after transferring, Lee can play immediately as a graduate transfer, since he is set to graduate from Temple in May.Thompson, on the other hand, will have to sit out for the entirety of the 2014-15 season.Although he didn’t play much during his freshman year at Virginia Tech — only averaging five points and 4.7 rebounds in 16.2 minutes played per game — Thompson is 6 foot 11 inches and, compared to Lee, built more as a center.Thompson announced his decision to transfer to OSU from his personal Twitter account, @TrevBallinTrey2.“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye Show Me Love #BuckEyeNation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Thompson tweeted at 1:29 p.m. April 13.Matta said in an OSU press release April 18 that he is excited to bring Thompson into the program, even if he won’t be able to play until 2015-16.“Trevor has proven he is capable of competing at our level,” Matta said in the release. “He will be a very athletic big man for us. We are looking forward to having Trevor in our program.”2014 recruit David Bell will also look to factor into the Buckeyes post game, coming in as a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com.But another player could prove to be the wild card in the discussion about centers next season.Myles Turner, senior at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas, is a consensus five-star prospect and one of the top players at his position.Turner has yet to declare to a school yet, but has shortened the list to seven teams, one of which is OSU.In an interview with Jeff Borzello of CBSsports.com, Turner said OSU needs help at center and that he likes what Matta is doing as coach.“They need a big as well. They don’t have a true center at this point,” Turner said in the interview. “Coach Matta, I really like him and his whole coaching staff. I’ve talked to them, they’re one of the schools that I’ve talked to the most.”Turner is set to announce his decision April 30, with the final seven schools being Duke, Kansas, OSU, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist, Texas and Texas A&M.If Matta does manage to bring in Turner, it would bolster an already highly ranked class that includes guard D’Angelo Russell, forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and Bell.Matta said back in November that he was happy with the way the class was shaping up.“(I’m) just very, very excited about this class,” Matta said Nov. 13. “I think the biggest thing with this particular class is we got what we wanted.”Whoever it is that does take the reins for OSU at center next year likely will be helping the team attempt to improve on its earliest postseason exit since the 2009 NCAA Tournament. read more

Shaft Sinkers wins more Leeuwkop platinum project work

first_imgShaft Sinkers Holdings has been awarded additional work by Afplats (owned by Implats) on its existing Leeuwkop project. The scope of the work includes the continuation of sinking activities on the main shaft at Leeuwkop to a depth of 984 m from the current level of approximately 700 m. The contract, commencing immediately, is scheduled to be completed in June 2014 and has a total value of £2.2 million. The contract is on a rates basis.This follows a previous contract extension at Leeuwkop in August 2013 under which the group introduced revised working practices that have resulted in cost savings for the client whilst also gaining significant time on the project schedule.Alon Davidov, Chief Executive, explained:  “The recent introduction of an innovative new shift system by the Shaft Sinkers team at Leeuwkop has saved Afplats time and money. This is a clear example of the strong technical skills and commitment to operational excellence of the group’s employees. We look forward to continuing to work with Afplats on the successful delivery of this project.”The development of the Leeuwkop project represents the first phase in the turning to account of the Afplats acquisition. The project involves the development of a 1,350 m twin-shaft system to access the orebody. Mining operations will initially begin at around 1,100 m below surface and extend to a depth of about 1,500 m. Other major infrastructural developments to be undertaken include the construction of a concentrator facility with a capacity of 250,000 t/month and a tailings dam. Both of these will be constructed to allow for possible increases in capacity should future expansions to the mining operation become viable.While the mine design and production profile is still to be finalised, the most likely mining method will be mechanised bord-and-pillar mining. Ore will be accessed via a four-barrel on-reef decline system which will enable a rapid and cost-effective ramp up to production from development.The UG2 orebody is well-developed, relatively wide and, in comparison to other areas, relatively undisturbed by major faulting.A key advantage for Implats is the project’s location on the well-developed western limb of the Bushveld Complex, with its proximity to the extensive management, services, technical and processing infrastructure at Impala Rustenburg, just some 55 km away. Also, the sourcing of scarce mining skills is expected to be less challenging than on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Complex as this is a long-standing mining region with an available, skilled human capital base.The mine will exploit the UG2 Reef in the Leeuwkop area. Annual capacity at full production will be 3 Mt (250,000 t/month), yielding 140,000 to 160,000 oz of platinum from ore averaging 3.75g/t (3PGE + Au). Capital expenditure is estimated to be R3.0 billion over the first five years. The life of the project is 22 years.last_img read more

Egypt sentences 529 people to death after mass trial

first_imgA COURT IN EGYPT has sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death after a mass trial, judicial sources said.Islamist backers of Morsi are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities since his ousting in July, with hundreds of people killed and thousands arrested.The sentence was delivered in the second hearing of a trial which began on Saturday in Minya, south of the capital.Of those sentenced, 153 are in detention and the rest are on the run, the sources said, adding that 17 others were acquitted. The verdict can be appealed.Those sentenced are among more than 1,200 Morsi supporters on trial in Minya. A second group of about 700 defendants will be in the dock on Tuesday.They are accused of attacking both people and public property in southern Egypt in August, after security forces broke up two Cairo protest camps set up by Morsi supporters on 14 August.They are also charged with committing acts of violence that led to the deaths of two policemen in Minya, judicial sources said.The accused include several leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, including its supreme guide Mohamed Badie.Morsi, Egypt’s first elected and civilian president, was ousted by the army on July 3 in a move that triggered widespread unrest across the deeply polarised nation.Hundreds of people died in the August assault on the two Cairo protest camps and in subsequent clashes that day.Rights group Amnesty International says at least 1,400 people have been killed in violence across Egypt since then, and thousands more have been arrested.Morsi is himself currently on trial in three different cases, including one for inciting the killing of protesters outside a presidential palace while he was in office.Morsi was removed after just 12 months as president following mass street protests against his rule amid allegations of power grabbing and worsening an already weak economy.© – AFP 2014Read: ‘Defiant’ Morsi asks judge: “Do you know who I am?” >Read: Bombings keep people on edge on third anniversary of Arab Spring >last_img read more

OnLive coming to LG smart TVs with Google TV

first_imgWhen OnLive was first announced, it was easy to be skeptical of the premise. Streaming PC games? Impossible! OnLive has since proven that its technology and business model is not doomed to failure. In fact, it has been expanding into more devices, including an announcement at E3 that LG TVs running Google TV will support OnLive.The LG smart TVs with Google TV will essentially give owners immediate access to hundreds of high-end games from top publishers. The service launched with just 19 games. For non-gamer types, this arrangement would remove any need for a separate console. OnLive also has social features through Facebook that include so-called Brag Clips for showing off your exploits. As with other OnLive platforms, users get 30 minutes to try a game before buying it.Some games (OnLive has not yet said exactly which ones) will be playable in 3D with LG’s active 3D glasses. Another addition is MultiView live spectating. Gamers will be able to continue playing whatever they please, but use split screen to keep an eye on what their friends are doing in-game.According to OnLive, the service has millions of users. Although, I imagine that value is not the same as active users. Building the service into devices like LG’s smart TVs is probably the best way to increase its user base. People get a TV and find out it’s also a gaming console. Bonus, right? For people that don’t fancy themselves gamers, the quality of OnLive with a 10-foot TV interface will be more than sufficient.via VentureBeatlast_img read more

Apple bloque le site JailbreakMe dans ses magasins

first_imgApple bloque le site JailbreakMe dans ses magasinsLe site JailbreakMe fait parler de lui depuis qu’il a été lancé en début de semaine. Son objectif principal est de permettre  aux propriétaires d’iPhone, d’iPod Touch ou d’iPad de forcer le navigateur Safari en utilisant une de ses failles, afin de faire sauter certains verrous système des appareils de la firme à la pomme.Ainsi, depuis que le site a été lancé et démonstration faite de la simplicité de la manœuvre, plusieurs individus ont pris plaisir à se rendre dans les Apple Store afin de discrètement forcer les appareils Apple de démonstration, et cela tout en filmant la scène bien sûr.Une provocation qu’Apple a vite enrayée, en bloquant l’accès au site JailbreakMe depuis ses boutiques. En parallèle, l’entreprise enquête actuellement sur la faille de son navigateur à l’origine de cette manœuvre controversée, afin de pouvoir enrayer cette dernière. Le 6 août 2010 à 15:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Spurs future is looking bright – Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised the work of the club’s youth staff and believes that a bright future lies ahead for his side after their 1-0 win over AC MilanSpurs rounded off their United States tour with a 1-0 win over Milan on Wednesday morning with Georges-Kevin N’Koudou scoring the only goal at Minneapolis.It marked the end of what has been a very successful pre-season program for the London club with Spurs having beaten AS Roma 4-1 and drawn 2-2 with Barcelona (which they would later lose on penalties), while making use of their young future stars due to the World Cup players having an extended vacation due to their exploits in Russia.Although senior players like Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min came off the bench in the win over Milan, it takes nothing away from the achievements of academy players like Luke Amos, George Marsh and Oliver Skipp.And Pochettino is favourably impressed with them all.“I am happy with the performance more than the result,” he told the club website.“To compete against a very good side, just like Barcelona and Roma, and to gain that experience for a lot of youngsters in fantastic.“I want to congratulate all the Academy coaches, staff and of course, John McDermott (Head of Coaching & Player Development) and Dean (Rastrick, Academy Manager) because they need to feel very proud about the youngsters, they behaved really well, performed fantastic.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I think they showed a bright future in our Academy and they showed that the job that they are doing in the last 10, 12, 15 years, the coaches in the Academy, is great.“I want to congratulate them because the youngsters not only showed a great performance on the pitch, we feel very proud of how they behaved outside of the pitch too.“It’s good to feel proud. They feel the club and now they need to keep working.”Spurs will face Newcastle United in their Premier League opener away on August 11.Thank you, Minneapolis! ????#SpursInUSA ???? #ICC2018 pic.twitter.com/94jqEK6aDd— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 1, 2018last_img read more

Officials urge vigilance against mosquitoes

first_imgWith the state coming off its most active West Nile virus season, health officials are reminding people that mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance — they can spread a potentially serious disease.Because there is no human vaccine for West Nile virus and no treatment or cure, the best defense is to stop mosquitoes from breeding and biting.“We encourage everyone to remove areas of standing water around their homes. Just one cup of water is enough to breed thousands of mosquitoes a week,” Dr. Alan Melnick, regional health officer, said in a news release.To prevent mosquitoes from breeding:Empty tires, containers and plastic ground covers; change water in bird baths, pet dishes and troughs twice a week; clean clogged gutters; cover trash containers; maintain pools and spas, and make sure covers don’t hold pockets of water.To prevent them from biting: Use repellent (the most effective contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus); wear protective clothing; try to stay indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active; install or repair screens; put netting over baby carriers when outside.last_img read more

UPDATE Oregon man accused of putting dog in oven

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — A sheriff’s spokesman says a 20-year-old Oregon man accused of putting his grandmother’s small dog in a hot oven after it nipped him has been arraigned on a charge of aggravated animal abuse.Kevin Dean Parrish appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer. He was jailed on $10,000 bail after his Monday arrest.Marion County sheriff’s spokesman Don Thomson says Parrish had been caring for the 9-pound dog named Kudo while his grandmother was out of state.Thomson says the Chihuahua-pincher mix was cut and bruised, his hair was singed and three of his legs were burned but he’s expected to pull through.Parrish told deputies he was about to put lunch into the oven when he stopped to check on the dog, Thomson said.When he reached into the kennel, the dog went for him, the deputy said.Thomson said Parrish, who told investigators he had “anger issues,” punched the dog and tried to strangle it.Remembering that the oven was hot, Parrish put the dog in, Thomson said.Parrish said he was prepared to leave the animal there, but he pulled it out when he heard his brother coming into the house.last_img read more

Astronomers just observed two galaxies merging 13 billion years ago

first_img Sci-Tech Culture 0 Post a comment Space ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, Hashimoto Et Al Astronomy is especially good for one thing: making you feel like an insignificant, meaningless blip floating through the infinite void of space.Take this recent development for example: astronomers recently observed two galaxies merging, but because of the distance between us and the observed event, we know this merger took place an incredible 13 billion years ago. Numbers like this are almost too big to comprehend. B14-65666 was once thought to be a mere blob of stars, but new observations by a team of researchers from Tokyo’s Waseda University have produced evidence that suggest B14-65666 is actually the end result of two galaxies merging.The team led by Takuya Hashimoto used new data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to discover what is believed to be the earliest known example of two galaxies merging into one. The total mass of the entire object is apparently 770 million times the size of our sun.Again, numbers almost too big to comprehend.center_img Share your voice Tags Daredevil NASA spacecraft snaps asteroid from crazy-close orbit Watch a chunk of satellite melt like a marshmallow on fire More space sightslast_img read more

Whats Next In Texas Long Battle Over Abortion Regulation

first_imgPat Sullivan/APTexas women will now have to pay an extra insurance premium in order to get a non-emergency abortion. That’s because of House Bill 214, which passed during the legislature’s special session and Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Aug. 15.Supporters of the bill argued that, by paying their insurance premiums, they’re subsidizing other people’s abortions, to which they’re morally opposed. The law makes patients have to pay an extra, add-on premium if they want abortions covered by their insurance.Opponents argued women can’t always anticipate needing an abortion, and paying a separate premium amounts to “rape insurance.” The law does not include any exceptions for instances of rape, incest, or fetal abnormalities.The law is the latest in many attempts by Texas lawmakers in recent years to change the regulations surrounding abortion in the state. So, we wondered what could be next in the ongoing battle over abortion law in Texas? What have other states done on this front that Texas might adopt next?Allison Winnike from the Health Law and Policy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center gives us an overview. Sharelast_img read more

How Should The Sharing Economy Be Taxed

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /04:04 X center_img Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaJoyce Beebe, Ph.D., is a fellow in public finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute. Her research focuses on tax reforms in the United States. A growing number of people are part of the so-called “sharing economy,” such as ride- or home-sharing via a website or app.It creates numerous one-person businesses and poses new challenges to taxing authorities.That’s what Rice University public finance fellow Joyce Beebe discusses in her report, “How Should We Tax the Sharing Economy.”“You potentially have this issue about having so many small taxpayers out there who may or may not know their tax filing obligations,” she said. “And it will be costly to, let’s say, policing those activities, and the potential revenue gain is limited.”Click on the audio above to listen to the interview. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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first_imgKeeping in mind the fast paced momentum of art intervention in today’s education scenario and the commitment towards giving theatre exposure to children, Assitej India announced its First International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences – Tifli.  This weeklong festival hosted at Bal Bhawan, is a celebration of childhood through theatre; that brings together artists, plays, educators, opinion leaders and influencers from India and abroad; working on Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). The festival will encapsulate theatre performances; symposiums and seminars for educators; workshops, platform shows and competitions for children, Natya Mela and Art Installations. The festival will also include a unique project called the Next Generation program that entails a residency program of young theatre practitioners from fifteen countries. These practitioners will exchange ideas on how theatre for children is developing in their respective countries and how they have been practicing it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Imran Khan, Festival Director – Tifli and a member of the Executive Committee – Assitej Global said, ‘It gives me immense pleasure to announce the first Theatre for Young Audience Festival in Delhi, which will regale audiences with some thought provoking yet tender performances. We at Assitej aspire to popularise the usage of theatre as a tool in children’s education and over all personality development and we have had significant achievements over the years in different corners of the world. I hope that this festival will usher a new era for performing arts to reach out to children and their families.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTifli will showcase fourteen plays which have been meticulously designed for children and depict varied theatre styles- musical theatre, story-telling theatre, puppet theatre, object theatre, mime theatre and many more. These plays will be performed by professionals from different cities in India and other countries – Germany, Denmark, Iran and Sri Lanka. Contemporary issues like Global Warming, Climate Change and emotions like Fantasy, Love will be demonstrated through various theatrical performances in six different languages. There will be three shows of each play daily – morning and afternoon for schools specifically; and evenings will be for public. The festival shall hold workshops for children to experience different theatre styles with some of the best practitioners from India and abroad on voice modulation, storytelling, body movement, mark making and much more. For educators, Tifli will be hosting Master Classes with renowned theatre practitioners who would be orienting participants to use different art forms for TYA through varied themes such as Mime theatre, puppet theatre etc.  Furthermore, symposiums will be organized in collaboration with the National Book Trust that aim at developing literature for the Indian TYA.last_img read more

Big rollers Eldorado buys Caesars in deal valued at 17B

first_imgBig rollers: Eldorado buys Caesars in deal valued at $17B Share Tags: casino, gaming, Las Vegas << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, June 24, 2019 By: The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Eldorado Resorts will buy Caesars in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $17.3 billion, creating a casino giant.The acquisition Monday puts about 60 casinos and resorts in 16 states under a single name, one of the biggest gambling and entertainment ventures in the United States.“Together, we will have an extremely powerful suite of iconic gaming and entertainment brands, as well as valuable strategic alliances with industry leaders in sports betting and online gaming,” Eldorado CEO Tom Reeg said in a prepared statement.The company, which will be called Caesars, will be led by Reeg, along with Eldorado Chairman Gary Carano. It will be based in Reno Nevada, where Eldorado is based, with a “significant corporate presence” in Las Vegas, where Caesars is based.Eldorado will pay $8.40 per share in cash and 0.0899 shares of Eldorado stock for each Caesars share, or $12.75 per share. The transaction values Caesars at about $8.6 billion, and Eldorado will pick up about $8.8 billion of the casino’s debt.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthShareholders of Eldorado Resorts Inc. will hold about 51% of the company’s outstanding stock, with Caesars Entertainment Corp. shareholders holding the remaining and 49%.Earlier this year, billionaire Carl Icahn revealed an enormous stake in Caesars and pushed for fundamental changes at the company. Caesars, which operates more than 35 casinos in the U.S., emerged from bankruptcy protection in late 2017, but it’s been struggling since.Casinos have seen a tremendous uptick in revenue, however, with the broad legalization of sports betting.Eldorado said Monday that it’s also reached a real estate agreement with VICI Properties Inc. in which VICI will acquire the real estate associated with Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Harrah’s Laughlin Hotel & Casino, and Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino for approximately $1.8 billion. Other terms of the deal include VICI being given right of first refusals for whole asset sale or sale-leaseback transactions on two Las Vegas Strip properties and the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?The Eldorado-Caesars deal is targeted to close in the first half of next year if approved by gaming regulators and shareholders.Caesars’ stock jumped 12.2% before the market open, while shares of Eldorado fell 6.6%.last_img read more

Portugal pilots warned of 70000 homing pigeons

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Airplane pilots in Portugal have been advised to fly with special care after 70,000 homing pigeons were released in Spain to participate in a race back to their homes in Portugal.Portugal’s national civil aviation authority issued a warning after consulting with the Portuguese Federation of Pigeon Fanciers, which had traveled to the eastern Spanish city Valencia with trucks towing trailers specially equipped to release the birds all at once on Saturday. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Check your body, save your life Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The federation wants to see which pigeon returns home the fastest. The aviation authority has asked pilots to be vigilant when flying below 2,000 feet (610 meters) in continental Portugal’s airspace over the weekend.The aviation authority said pigeons could fly in groups of between five and 20 birds as they navigate their way.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

Singapore crowned Aussies top holiday destination for 2017

first_imgSingapore crowned Aussies’ top holiday destination for 2017Singapore crowned Aussies’ top holiday destination for 2017Booking.com, global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has today revealed Australia’s top booked destinations both domestically and internationally in 2017.Based on international bookings from Australian travellers, Asian locations feature in six of the top ten top booked destinations, with Singapore holding the number one spot as many flock to the city for its renowned culture and shopping while it also remains a leading gateway to Europe. Victoria and South Australia are the only states where their most popular international destination of choice falls outside Asia-Pacific with London being each state’s most popular top booked destination. England’s capital also ranks as the second most popular international destination for Aussies overall.Bali remains a popular choice for Aussie holidaymakers, picking up two spots in the international top ten list, proving particularly popular with Western Australians and Northern Territory residents.Meanwhile, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmanian travellers are particularly in favour of visiting their Antipodean neighbours in New Zealand with Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown all featuring amongst their states’ ten most popular choices for international travel.For domestic travel, Queenslanders prefer to explore their own backyards more than any other state, with eight out of their top ten domestic travel choices, kept within the state as travellers seek to explore gems close to home. At the other end of the spectrum, South Australians are deserting their state more than any other, with only two South Australian locations ranking in the top ten most booked domestic destinations by the state’s travellers.Luke Wilson, Booking.com Area Manager for Australia said: “2017 was another big year for travel for Australians both in and outside the country. Asia’s diverse tourism options represent increasingly attractive propositions for international travellers while London remains the top European destination for many, which may continue in 2018, especially with the first direct flight routes from Perth slated to start later this year.“Aussies are also exploring more of what is on their doorstep and the rise of holiday rental properties has made it easier and more convenient for them to enjoy a weekend staycation or short road trips away. Recent research has also revealed Brisbane as an emerging travel destination in 2018, so we look forward to seeing the impact this has in bookings this year.”Source = Booking.comlast_img read more